Harrison Junior School News

Blog Entries - 2020

SLSD

SLSD Health Alert

Posted on: September 22, 2020

Please click HERE for an important Health Alert from Hamilton County Public Health and the Southwest Local School District.

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Computer

Parent Portal and ProgressBook Parent Access

Posted on: September 21, 2020

We have posted the codes that parents, and students need for our Parent Portal and ProgressBook Parent Access to the “Student and Parent Access Codes” form in FinalForms.  You may access these codes by signing into your FinalForms

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: September 20, 2020

As the weather turns to Fall and the weeks progress, it has been incredibly fun to get to know your students and families.  We have been asked by people how we feel about the start of school… and we are thrilled.  One of the best parts of the

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SLSD

SLSD Health Alert

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Please click HERE for an important Health Alert from Hamilton County Public Health and the Southwest Local School District.

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Accelerate

Virtual Learning Platform Orientation

Posted on: September 6, 2020

Virtual students and parents, please click HERE for a webinar orientation, led by Southwest Local School District Assistant Superintendent Corinne Hayes, explaining how students can log in and navigate the virtual learning platform.  Mrs. Hayes also

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Food Service

Free Meals for All SLSD Students

Posted on: September 5, 2020

The USDA and the state of Ohio have determined that all students, regardless of your financial situation, may participate in school breakfast and lunch programs for free through December 31, 2020.  Beginning on Tuesday September 8th, 2020 no child will

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Bus

Transportation Update

Posted on: September 4, 2020

SLSD pushed out the final transportation update prior to the start of the school year Friday afternoon.  Families can again log into their students’ Final Forms accounts via the Abre Student/Parent portal, and click on Forms to view the

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Accelerate

Important Information for Virtual Students

Posted on: September 3, 2020

We are so excited to start our virtual students this school year.  Our staff has been working and training on the new program to best serve our students.  We are eager to get started, and we know that our families are eager to begin this new

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SLSD

State of the Schools

Posted on: September 2, 2020

The Southwest Local School District administrative team provides the yearly "State of the Schools" presentation, a yearly update to stakeholders covering all facets of district operations. Our design and construction team, SHP and Skanska-Megen, provide a

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Safety

Arrival / Dismissal Procedures and Traffic Flow

Posted on: September 2, 2020

We are excited about the start of school on Tuesday, September 8, and we cannot wait to see our students!  As you know, the school environment will look a little different this year, but with the help and support of our parents, students and staff, we

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Super Chat

September "Super Chat" Podcast Now Posted

Posted on: September 1, 2020

The September edition of the "Super Chat" podcast is now online at www.southwestschools.org/podcast. In this episode, Superintendent John Hamstra describes the "Responsible Restart" plans for the Southwest Local School District, which was shaped using

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Welcome

Meet Your Teachers!

Posted on: August 31, 2020

Harrison Junior School students, your teachers cannot wait to meet you and kick off the 2020-2021 school year!  Please click on the teacher's name below to view a brief welcome video.   Miss Anna Adams (Chorus)  - No video provided Mrs.

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Bus

Transportation Update

Posted on: August 28, 2020

On August 28, our district pushed out preliminary bus routes, times, and pick-up locations to our families via Final Forms.  Please log into your Final Forms account via the Online Forms portion of the Abre Parent/Student Portal.  You will click on

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Food Service

Cafeteria Account & Free/Reduced Information

Posted on: August 27, 2020

Southwest Local Schools has switched programs for our lunchtime software this coming school year as a part of the upgrades to our existing buildings and in preparation for a move to new buildings next summer.  As a result of this move, the district will

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Important Information

HJS Safety Protocol Information

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Dear Harrison Junior School Families, We are so excited to have all of our students back with us on September 8th. Below is a video that will help to explain our daily procedures, from temperature stations in the morning to afternoon dismissal. Students and

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Update

SLSD Parent Update

Posted on: August 21, 2020

Southwest Local School District Superintendent John Hamstra and Assistant Superintendent Corinne Hayes provide updates to stakeholders as students prepare to return for the 2020-2021 school year. Mr. Hamstra speaks to the safety and protocols in place, and

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Computer

Virtual Learning Model FAQs

Posted on: August 20, 2020

For students and families who have selected the Virtual Learning Model for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, we have compiled the following list of FAQs based on parent feedback.  Please click HERE for the list.

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Help Wanted

Cooks Needed!

Posted on: August 19, 2020

If you are looking for a part-time job that aligns with your SLSD child's school calendar, we have an opportunity for you!  SLSD Food Service is looking for part time cooks to assist with serving lunch in our kitchens.  Shifts are generally about 3

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Back to School

Harrison Junior School Back-to-School Information

Posted on: August 18, 2020

Welcome to the most unique school year any of us have ever seen! Our staff is beyond excited to welcome your children back on September 8th.  Regardless of whether your family chose to go online or face to face, we believe that we have the opportunity to

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Responsible Restart Ohio

SLSD Re-Opening Plan for Fall 2020

Posted on: August 6, 2020

UPDATE:  August 6, 2020 SLSD Parents and Guardians, Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to refine our “Back to School 2020” plan to reflect the latest guidance we continue to receive from the State of Ohio and Hamilton

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Bus

SLSD Forced to Begin Year with State Minimum Transportation

Posted on: August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020 Dear Southwest Local School District parents / guardians; At our July 30th Board of Education meeting, we had a deep discussion and ultimately a unanimous vote to reduce our transportation services to Ohio’s state minimums.  After

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Highlighter

"Highlighter" Returns on Aug. 7!

Posted on: August 1, 2020

Please see the following from our friends at Church on Fire!   Highlighter is coming! "What's Highlighter", you ask?Highlighter is a back-to-school event, hosted at Church on Fire for students that have a need for school supplies. It's on Friday,

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Help Wanted

Substitute Teachers Needed!

Posted on: July 31, 2020

The Southwest Local School District is hiring an internal substitute teacher for each of their school buildings (Crosby Elem., Miamitown Elem., Harrison Elem., Whitewater Valley Elem., Harrison Junior School and Harrison High School). Substitute teachers

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Help Wanted

Bus and Van Drivers Needed!

Posted on: July 30, 2020

The Southwest Local School District has multiple openings for full-time school bus drivers.  Drivers work a "split shift" of 6 hours per day on days where school is in session for students, plus they receive paid holidays and benefits.  A CDL with

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Update

HJS Summer Update #3

Posted on: July 24, 2020

Many moving pieces remain as we continue working to open up the school building for the 2020-2021 school year.  We want to share some updates that are important for our students and our families. Our buildings remain open to assist and help any of

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Important Information

Start of School Year Delayed

Posted on: July 16, 2020

Thank you, parents and guardians, for the phone calls and emails giving input on the 2020-2021 re-opening plan.  In response to several concerns regarding the masking requirements in the heat, our administrative team has made the decision to delay

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Blood Drive

Hoxworth Blood Drive Taking Place July 24

Posted on: July 6, 2020

Hoxworth Blood Center has an urgent need for donors.  To help facilitate this, the Southwest Local School District has partnered with Hoxworth to hold a Summer Blood Drive.  The drive will take place in the air-conditioned Harrison Junior School

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Update

HJS Summer Update #2

Posted on: June 24, 2020

Good Morning, We hope that everyone is continuing to have a wonderful summer.  Things remain busy on campus as the new Junior School continues to fly up.  I had the opportunity to tour the building site of the new Junior School and Miami Whitewater

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Awards

HJS Virtual Awards Assembly

Posted on: June 12, 2020

One of our favorite yearly traditions at Harrison Junior School is the end-of-the-year Awards Assembly.  This gives us the opportunity to reward the students who have excelled in the classroom and gave maximum effort throughout the year.  Obviously

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Update

HJS Summer Update #1

Posted on: June 9, 2020

It is a Big Week for the Summer as we close out 2020 and begin the process of getting ready to OPEN for 2020-2021. There is a lot that we want to update you on, so please take a moment to read this email.  We have included our incoming 6th Grade

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Responsible Restart

Indoor Walking Track Now Re-Open

Posted on: June 2, 2020

The indoor walking track at the Activity Center has been re-opened to the public as of Monday, June 8.  The track is open during the normal summer hours of 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday-Friday.   While enhanced cleaning/sanitizing procedures

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Registration

2020-2021 New Student Registration

Posted on: May 25, 2020

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we are not scheduling in-person appointments at this time. However, once you have completed your online registration through Final Forms, you may scan the required documents as PDFs, and we will accept them via

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Summer School

Summer School Information

Posted on: May 19, 2020

Registration for Summer School is now open.  This year, summer school will be conducted through a remote learning model.  Opportunities are available for both high school and junior school students.   Click HERE for the booklet

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Schedule Changes

2020-2021 Schedule Changes

Posted on: May 18, 2020

Our current 6th and 7th Grade students have received their schedules in the mail for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  Any student requesting a change for the upcoming school year will need to complete the form available HERE.  This form must be

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Important Information

Junior School Student Check-Out Procedures

Posted on: May 8, 2020

Parents and Guardians of Harrison Junior School Students, As the 2019-2020 school year winds down, we wish to thank our students and parents for continuing to work hard throughout the remote learning process.  This is not the way that any of us wanted

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Welcome

Junior School Orientation for Incoming 6th Graders

Posted on: May 7, 2020

Welcome to our Incoming 6th Grade Parents & Families, We are so excited to welcome you to Harrison Junior School.  Even with COVID-19, we still want to find ways to connect with our families and students! Over the coming weeks, we will be sending

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Vaccine

Vaccines Required for Incoming 7th Graders

Posted on: May 6, 2020

All students entering grades 7 and 12 are required to be vaccinated against the meningococcal disease. One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 7th grade. A second dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the

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Bus

2020-2021 Bus Transportation Information

Posted on: April 28, 2020

Around April of each year, the transportation department begins to work on the bus routes for the following year.  While it isn't as feasible to send out a personalized form for each students as we have in year's past, we would like to know who is

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CVC

SLSD Core Values Challenge

Posted on: April 23, 2020

We hope that you are continuing to live out our four core values, despite our distance!  During the upcoming week, take pictures highlighting students performing acts of TRUST, RESPECT, OWNERSHIP, AND LEADERSHIP.  Post them on Twitter, Instagram

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: April 22, 2020

With Governor DeWine’s announcement that school buildings will be closed the remainder of the year, we wanted to share some very important information with our families. First and foremost, just because the building is closed, it does not mean that

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Closed

Remote Learning to Continue for Remainder of Academic Year

Posted on: April 21, 2020

On April 20, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that remote learning would continue for the remainder of the academic year.  Please click HERE for details on how it will impact the 4th quarter, and the traditional end-of-year activities. 

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Track & Field

Youth Track & Field Cancelled

Posted on: March 31, 2020

With the closure of Ohio schools now stretching until May 1, we will be canceling the Harrison Youth Track program (Grades K-6) for 2020. If you have already registered, you will be receiving a check from the Athletic Boosters to refund your money. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

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Closed

School Closure Extended

Posted on: March 30, 2020

Governor DeWine extended the closure of all Ohio schools through at least Friday, May 1.   Click HERE for the latest updates from Superintendent John Hamstra. Thanks to our staff, students and parents for a great start to Remote Learning.  If

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Food Schedule

Food Distribution Schedule

Posted on: March 30, 2020

Food Distribution began on March 30, 2020.  All elementary schools as well as the junior school have meal bags and power packs on hand to distribute to ANY STUDENT in SLSD with a food need - not just for those on Free and Reduced.  Distribution

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Not In Our Town

Food Location Update

Posted on: March 24, 2020

Please note the following information from Lisa Daniel at Church on FireMarch 24, 2020 IMPORTANT COMMUNITY FOOD UPDATES: We have some important food updates we want to make you aware of:  FOOD TRUCK FEEDINGS: In an effort to keep our community as

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Report Cards

Report Card Information

Posted on: March 21, 2020

Third Quarter report cards were due to be distributed on March 20, 2020.  Due to the school closure, we are making the report card available via your ProgressBook ParentAccess account. You may login to your ProgressBook Parent Access account and

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Important Information

SLSD Update 03-20-20

Posted on: March 20, 2020

Greetings, SLSD Parents and Guardians, We are now one week into our unexpected school closure due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  I’ve been impressed at the resilience of our staff, students, and parents.  From day one, teachers have

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Food Locations

Schools, Churches Team Up to Provide Food During Closure

Posted on: March 14, 2020

Local churches and food pantries have partnered with the Southwest Local School District to ensure that no child goes hungry during the extended school closure due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Power Packs will be available for pickup beginning

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Closed

Southwest Local Schools Closed at Governor's Direction

Posted on: March 12, 2020

Governor DeWine and the Department of Health closed K – 12 schools in Ohio this afternoon, March 12, for three weeks. Obviously, the decision to close schools, and cancel athletics and other performance events, was not made lightly. The primary

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Coronavirus

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Posted on: March 11, 2020

Stay current on the latest news and guidance regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its effect on the Southwest Local School District by visiting southwestschools.org/wellness.

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Alert

Chorus Concert Postponed

Posted on: March 11, 2020

Based on this afternoon’s recommendations by leading health professionals, and the recommendation of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding large gatherings, in order to minimize risk, the Junior School and High School Chorus Concert scheduled for tonight has been postponed.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Empty Bowls

"Empty Bowls" Dinner Returns Mar. 18

Posted on: March 6, 2020

The "Empty Bowls" dinner makes its return to Harrison on Wednesday, March 18 in the Activity Center Bistro.  The first seating will be from 5:00-6:00 PM, and the second seating from 6:30-7:30 PM. Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement by artists and

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Coffee and Conversation

"Coffee With the Superintendent" Set for Feb. 28

Posted on: February 25, 2020

Each month, SLSD Superintendent John Hamstra holds informal “coffee chat” sessions, designed as a way for any parent, guardian or community member to get a better understanding of our school district and get answers to any questions they may

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Healthy Families

Building Healthy Families Offers Free Program

Posted on: February 14, 2020

The Harrison Wellness Coalition is pleased to partner with several local organizations to offer Building Healthy Families, a free workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22.  The purpose of this workshop is to help local families overcome barriers and learn skills to

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Construction

Construction of New Schools Continues On Time and On Budget

Posted on: February 9, 2020

Construction of our new school buildings is in full swing, with the project remaining on time and on budget.  The endeavor consists of three new elementary schools, one new middle school, and extensive renovations to the current high

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Snow Day

Feb. 7 - CLOSED

Posted on: February 7, 2020

UPDATE:  Friday, February 7, 2020:  Southwest Local Schools are now CLOSED.

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Registration

2020-2021 New Student Registration for Grades 6-12 Now Open

Posted on: February 5, 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 school year for grades 6-12.  If you would like to transfer to Harrison High School or Harrison Junior School for 2020-2021, follow this link for more information, including required documents, as well as

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Parent Meeting

Parent Meeting for Incoming Freshmen

Posted on: January 24, 2020

Attention 8th grade parents: This is just a reminder that there will be a Parent/Student Meeting for high school registration on Wednesday, January 29, for all current 8th grade students entering 9th grade next year.  Due to athletic events at

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Bengals Grant

Bengals, NFL Award Grant to Harrison for Stadium Project

Posted on: January 15, 2020

The Bengals and the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program teamed up to contribute $250,000 to Harrison High School to install a new synthetic turf field. The new game field, along with a practice field that is also being built, will allow for

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Belairs

"The Belairs" Return to the Martin Marietta Theater

Posted on: January 7, 2020

The Harrison High School Creative Arts Theatre is proud to present the 50's and 60's rock and roll band, "The Belairs" in concert on Saturday, January 18. Formerly known as "Hot Wax", The Belairs Show is dedicated to those who can appreciate the memorable

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Help Wanted

Now Hiring Bus & Van Drivers

Posted on: January 2, 2020

The Southwest Local School District is looking to fill multiple transportation positions.  Hours are typically 6-9  AM and 1:30-4:30 PM.  Positions can be for 3-6 hours per day, or as a "sub" on an as-needed basis.  Job descriptions for

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